In the Fifth Circle. GM Eljanov: "It's Already a Good Result, But I'll Try to Go As Far As Possible"

Время публикации: 22.09.2015 22:15 | Последнее обновление: 22.09.2015 23:09

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Pavel Eljanov evaluates his completed match against Dmitry Jakovenko as equal. However, he took the upper hand over his Russian rival in the tiebreak. 

"Both of the classical games saw balanced fights, - the winner recalls. - White pushed a little both times, but eventually those games finished in logical draws. And today, it was White again to put pressure in both rapid games. In the first encounter, my position was quite unpleasant, but it looks like I have defended well. After the opening of the second game, it seemed to me I gained some advantage - it is very hard to hold such a position with the white pawn on d6. I had a simple improvement plan, and everything went in the best possible way for me."

"I have been participating in FIDE World Cups since 2005 and my best result up to 2015 was reaching the third round. That's why I feel pretty comfortable being already in the fifth round. It's already a great result, but I will try to go as far as possible. Time will tell.

How do I spend rest days? I visit the spa, they have a very good one here. My routine is the gym, the swimming pool and the sauna. I also walk... Nothing special. In such competitions, it's better to have a proper rest on a free day, and that's what I do."

Pavel Eljanov's commentary in full (in Russian) is available in the audio player.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.22"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2748"] [BlackElo "2717"] [ECO "A13"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Neo-Catalan accepted"] [WhiteFideId "4122356"] [BlackFideId "14102951"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Nbd7 6. Qxc4 c5 7. d3 Bd6 8. a4 O-O 9. Nc3 b6 10. Nb5 Ba6 11. O-O Rc8 12. Qb3 Bb8 13. Nd2 Nd5 14. Nc4 N7f6 15. Bd2 Bb7 16. e4 Ne7 17. e5 Nfd5 18. Ncd6 Bxd6 19. Nxd6 Rb8 20. Nxb7 Rxb7 21. d4 cxd4 22. Bb4 Re8 23. Bxe7 Rexe7 24. Rad1 Rbd7 25. Rxd4 h6 26. Rfd1 Qc7 27. Re1 Rd8 28. Bxd5 Qc5 29. Red1 Red7 30. Bxe6 Rxd4 31. Bxf7+ Kf8 32. Rxd4 Qxd4 33. Bh5 Qd5 34. Qb4+ Kg8 35. Qe7 Qd7 36. Bf7+ Kh7 37. Qxd7 Rxd7 38. Bc4 g5 39. Kg2 Rd4 40. b3 g4 41. h3 h5 42. hxg4 hxg4 43. e6 Kg7 44. Kf1 Re4 45. Kg2 Rd4 46. Kf1 Re4 47. Kg2 Rd4 48. f3 gxf3+ 49. Kxf3 Kf6 50. g4 Ke7 51. g5 Rh4 52. Kg3 Re4 53. Kf3 Rh4 54. g6 Rh6 55. g7 Rg6 56. Ke4 Rg5 57. Kd4 Rxg7 58. Kd5 Rh7 59. Kc6 Rg7 60. Kc7 Rh7 61. Kc6 Rg7 62. Kc7 Rh7 63. Bd5 Rh5 64. Bc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.22"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2717"] [BlackElo "2748"] [ECO "E15"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "Nimzovich variation (exaggerated fianchetto)"] [WhiteFideId "14102951"] [BlackFideId "4122356"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 d5 6. Bg2 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 Bxd2+ 8. Qxd2 c6 9. Nc3 Nbd7 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Nd7 12. f4 O-O 13. O-O Qe7 14. Rfd1 Rad8 15. cxd5 exd5 16. e4 dxe4 17. Qd6 Qxd6 18. Rxd6 Nc5 19. Nxe4 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 Rxd6 21. exd6 Rd8 22. Rd1 c5 23. Bc6 Kf8 24. Kf2 g6 25. g4 c4 26. Ke3 c3 27. Rd4 c2 28. Kd2 Be2 29. g5 Bg4 30. Be4 Ke8 31. Bxc2 Kd7 32. b4 b5 33. Bd3 Kc6 34. a3 a6 35. Be4+ Kb6 36. Ke3 Be6 37. h4 a5 38. Bd3 axb4 39. axb4 Re8 40. Kf3 Kc6 41. f5 Bd7 42. Be4+ Kb6 43. Kf4 Ka6 44. Rd2 Kb6 45. Rd4 Ka6 46. Bd5 Bxf5 47. Bxf7 Rf8 48. d7 Rd8 49. Ke5 1-0

Eljanov's opponent for the quarterfinals is Hikaru Nakamura.
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